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Best Books To Learn Soapmaking

If you know someone really passionate about soapmaking (like me), know that this is the best gift you can give, especially if it is a book with recipes. If you are one yourself, but don’t know where to begin, then this article is for you!

Here is a set of the best books about soap making how-to’s, soapmaking recipes and natural ingredients. Most of them are absolutely great for beginners. Some I’ve already read and some are on my to-read list. If you happen to read any of them, feel free to comment and let me know what you thought.

Soap Making

Pure Soapmaking – Anne-Marie Faiola

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This is a book to make soap from scratch. The pure luxury of soaps made with coconut butter, almond oil, aloe vera, oatmeal, and green tea is one of life’s little pleasures.

And with the help of author Anne-Marie Faiola, the so-famous SoapQueen author, it’s easy to make luscious, all-natural soaps right in your own kitchen. This collection of 32 recipes ranges from simple castile bars to intricate swirls, embeds, and marbled and layered looks.

Soap Crafting: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making 31 Unique Cold-Process Soaps – Anne-Marie Faiola

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Another book from Anne-Marie Faiola, the so-famous SoapQueen author.

Make your own custom-tailored and perfectly formed cold-process soaps! Learn how to use milk jugs and yogurt containers for molds, and how coffee, avocado, and even beer can add unique dimensions to your creations. This encouraging introduction to the art of soapmaking makes it simple to master the techniques you need to safely and easily produce your own enticingly fragrant soaps

How To Make Your Own Soap – Sally Hornsey

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This book will guide you through creating your own liquid and bar soap. Design and create bars of soap using traditional methods that incorporate moisturising oils and butters, and make fun and funky glycerine soaps that look almost too fabulous to use.

If you prefer liquid soaps then this book also explains how to create liquid and cream soaps from scratch as well as how to design body washes using many of the easily obtainable surfactants.

The Natural Soapmaking Book For Beginners – Kelly Cable

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Making soap with all-natural ingredients lets you express your creative side while reducing chemicals in your cleansing routine, but where do you begin?

This helpful resource for entry-level soap makers will demystify the process and show you how to bring nature and your own unique style into your everyday soaps.

The Everything Soapmaking Book – Alicia Grosso

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This is a real “everything” book about soap making!! Make soap from scratch by cold-process, hot-process, liquid soap and use melt&pour bases. A must-have for any soap maker!

A guide for making all kinds of soap including bath soaps, liquid soaps, facial cleansers, gift soaps for special occasions, and more.

Sabonetes Caseiros – <without author info>

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Another book to make soap from scratch, in portuguese. Fill your bathroom with fragrances of lemon, roses and lavender or with aromas of coconut, rosemary and cedar!

This book teaches you how to easily create your own soap, bath salts or oils, using fresh ingredients such as flowers, almond or avocado oil, or mango butter-based.

Manufacture personal hygiene products with your favorite aromas, using natural and sustainable methods and avoiding the use of silicone or synthetic preservatives.


Essential Oils Handbook – Amy Leigh Mercree

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For millennia, people have used essential oils for health and wellness—and this authoritative illustrated guide shows you how to use them, too!

Carrier Oils For Beginners – Joanne Curtis

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A great book for beginners. I thought this book was very informative and liked that it explained about alternatives to using carrier oils as well.

The book wasn’t very long but it did give some very good information all the same. It explains how carrier oils are extracted and explains about refined and unrefined.

Beeswax Workshop – Chris Dalziel

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Making all kinds of amazing, all-natural stuff out of beeswax is easy and fun. Packed with over 100 step-by-step recipes, The Beeswax Workshop shows you how to make beautiful gifts, household cleaners, beauty supplies and so, so much more

Coconut Oil – Laura Agar Wilson

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Coconut oil is a genuine super oil. It has been taking the world by storm with its impressive health benefits and its versatility, with a range of uses that includes everything from smoothies to face masks, and cleaning products to health remedies.

Please, also check out Natural Beauty Books.

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2 thoughts on “Best Books To Learn Soapmaking”

  1. I didn’t even know that soap making was a thing. I just thought that soap was made by the manufacturers. It’s good to see that you can make your own soap. That way you are able to save money. I will definitely get one of these books and start making soap for myself. 

    • Hello Daniel and thanks for your comment.

      Before it was made by manufacturers, soap was made by artisans for many centuries. It was considered an expensive item (I believe it was because it took a loooooong time to mix the soap batter by hand. Now with stick blneders, that process takes only minutes).

      As soap and other skincare became more and more artificial (ever understood the list ingredients…? :S), some people turned into old ways and old recipes, making handmande soap… at home!! 🙂 

      Check out one of the books in this post, any of them will guide you in the soapmaking process at home.




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